Upper Canada Railway Society (UCRS) and its publications

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Preamble

An excellent history of the UCRS is provided by Derek Boles of the Toronto Railroad Historical Association:
"A Brief History of the Railfan Hobby in Canada - Part 4 of 5" by Derek Boles:

"In 1941, the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association became the Upper Canada Railway Society. ... For many years the UCRS was Toronto's most active railfan organization, sponsoring numerous excursions and holding well-attended monthly meetings. ... The vicissitudes of the UCRS can be traced in the evolution of its monthly periodical. For many years it was called simply  the Newsletter. In 1975, it was renamed Rail & Transit and given a visual makeover twice until 1980 when it reverted to being called the Newsletter and resumed its pre-1975 appearance. In 1992 it was made over and renamed Rail & Transit once again before suspending publication altogether in 1998. Unfortunately this long-running identity crisis has made it difficult for researchers to locate back issues of this periodical in library catalogs.  ... The UCRS also published a series of Bulletins, pamphlets devoted to single topics such as individual railways and classes of steam locomotives. As well, they produced booklets and calendars and, on at least one occasion, a substantial book on the history of the Toronto Civic Railways." 

In its newsletter Canadian Rail (Number 544) CRHA advised that the UCRS archives were donated to the Ontario Electric Railroad Historical Association.

I now have all of the newsletters from 1980 to the end of publication in 1998, which I will scan to this page. It is a time-consuming process, and this page will be "under construction" for some time. Donations of earlier publications for the purpose of recording on this page would be much appreciated.
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Articles on specific topics from various UCRS newsletters also appear on my page Quick Railway Histories and Related Information

Copyright notice:
All the information on this page is provided on the basis of being for personal use and research only. Its dissemination or citation in whole or in part may be subject to copyright law with respect to UCRS and/or the author of the material in question. 

Jeffrey P. Smith, on his CNR in Ontario website, has posted extracts from early issues in the cited years:
(The number behind each year represents the number of pages recorded.)

Subject Index
Mostly, only the feature or main articles are shown below. In addition, each issue also contains equipment roster and other rail company news, CTC decisions, abandonment reports, miscellaneous items, society news and activities, publication reviews and so forth. Unfortunately, these may appear in various locations by different contributors under different titles in each Issue, so that a careful search may be required. These newsletters specialized in Canada LRT and TTC news and notes.
The "miscellany" section is variously known as:
B Nickle Notes or Miscellany (MiscBN)
Horner Miscellany
Operating News/Notes (ON)
Potpourri PP
Short Hauls SH (by Bruce Chapman)

Content summary for each issue is kept to one line. Where necessary, these abbreviations are used:

aband = abandoned, abandonment 
acc = accident
Agin = Agincourt
ann = anniversary
ARM = Association of Railway Museums
Assoc = association
Buff = Buffalo NY
Cal = Calgary
CTC = Canadian Transport Commission
cent = centenary, centennial
comm - commuter
dem = demolition
derail = derailment
Det = Detroit
E = equipment
Edm = Edmonton
El = electric
ETS = Edmonton Transit System
exc = excursion
Fla = Florida
Hal = Halifax
Ham = Hamilton
hear = hearing
HS = historical society

Misc = Miscellany/miscellaneous
MiscBN = Miscellany or Notes by Brian Nickle 
MP/mp = motive power
MP&E = Motive Power and Equipment 
Mtl = Montreal
mtve = motive
Mus = Museum
n = notes/news
Niag = Niagara
NFTA = Niagara Frontier Transit Authority
ON = Operating News/Notes
ORA = Ontario Rail Association
Ott = Ottawa
pass = passenger
Pitts = Pittsburgh
PP = Potpourri
PDC - Prairie Dog Central
POP = proof of payment
PSTR = Port Stanley Terminal Rail
pwr = power
rpt = report
Rl/rl = Rail/rail
RR = railroad 
Ry/ry = Railway/railway
sbwy = subway
Scar = Scarborough
SH - Short Hauls by Bruce Chapman, and latterly with Mike Lindsay, Doug Page
stn = station
svc = service
T2000 = Transport 2000 (advocacy group)
tpt = transport/transportation
trt = traction
tst = transit
tt = timetable(s)
TTC = Toronto Transit Commission
Vanc = Vancouver
WC = West Coast
Wpg = Winnipeg
Wstn = Western

It is planned to produce a more-detailed by-major-topic index in due course.

Bulletins:

Bulletin 37 - Four Whistles to Wood-Up, Stories of the Northern Railway of Canada, by Dr. Frank N. Walker 
Bulletin 39 - The Centenary of the Buffalo, Brantford & Goderich Railway, by Dr. Frank N. Walker
Bulletin 50 - Sir Adam Beck and the Hydro Radial Proposals, by John F. Due
Bulletin 56 - The Toronto, Grey & Bruce Railway 1863 - 1884, by Thomas F. McIlwraith

Newsletter pre-1976

212 1963 Sep ACR - Steamtown roster - Lindsay Bobcaygeon & Pontypool Ry - CNR CPR TTC news

246 1966 Jul CNR news and aband. - CP "Dominion" - general and equipment news - CNR #74 - railway photography - Traction topics
251 1966 Dec CN Turbo - CPR wreck Pickering - Equipment and general notes - CN diesel excursion - expo67 express - Montreal Metro - Traction topics


264 1967 Jan (partial) The Confederation Train

278 1969 Mar Steam's Final Years on the Stratford Division - Car 13

290 1970 Feb-Mar General news and comment - equipment news - National Transportation Act - CN winter timetables - Edmonton LRT - Traction Topics
294 1970 Jul Railway news and comment - CP's summer timetable - Toronto Belt Line - passenger train news - photos - equipment notes - Traction topics
297 1970 Oct LNER Flying Scotsman and visit to Toronto
 
300 1971 Jan Railway news and comment - fighting snow - passenger train news - rapid transit news - Traction topics
301 1971 Feb Rly news and comment - CP electrification? - passenger train news - Whitby CNR station - TH&B #103 - equipment notes - Traction topics
304 1971 May Railway news and comment - passenger train news - Hamilton Street Railway  
306 1971 Jul retirement CNR #6218 - railway news and comment - equipment notes - passenger train news 
311 1971 Dec Railway news and comment - passenger train news - BC Hydro's new SD 38 - Port Whitby & Port Perry Railway - decline  Cdn passenger train


354-355 1975 Jul-Aug Switzerland - reprint of Bulletin 39 - UCRS trip Budds to Barrie - Traction Topics

       1977 Aug Newsletter Informer UCRS news and advice re trips
       1977 Sep Newsletter Informer Unity train - TTC Spadina subway cars - UCRS news and advice re trips

Rail & Transit 1976 - 1979

1976 Volume 1 Numbers 1 - 6?
R&T 1-1 Jan-Feb
R&T 1-2 Mar-Apr
R&T 1-3 May-Jun
R&T 1-4 Jul-Aug
R&T 1-5 Sep-Oct
R&T 1-6 Nov-Dec

1977 Volume 2 Numbers 1 - 6?
R&T 2-1 Jan-Feb
R&T 2-2 Mar-Apr
R&T 2-3 May-Jun
R&T 2-4 1977 Jul-Aug All Photo Issue
R&T 2-5 Sep-Oct
R&T 2-6 Nov-Dec

1978 Volume 3 Numbers 1 - 6?
R&T 3-1 Jan-Feb
R&T 3-2 Mar-Apr
R&T 3-3 May-Jun
R&T 3-4 Jul-Aug
R&T 3-5 Sep-Oct
R&T 3-6 Nov-Dec

1979 Volume 4 Numbers 1 - 6
R&T 4-1 1979 Jan-Feb Railway and VIA news - rail photos - National Transcontinental Railway - Prairie Dog Central
R&T 4-2 1979 Mar-Apr Transit photos - Grace Mills - T2000 Future of passenger rail - wreck Super-C - rail photos - Stayner, Ont. station - concrete ties
R&T 4-3 1979 May-Jun missing
R&T 4-4 1979 Jul-Aug CN motive power allocation - CP solarium cars - VIA passenger service car rosters
R&T 4-4 1979 Jul-Aug Rail photos 
R&T 4-5 1979 Sep-Oct grain tpt w Canada - Witt era - traction topics - rail photos - 125 ann NRC - Winchester car line - Edmonton transit - TTC Gray Coach
R&T 4-6 1979 Nov-Dec H&NW short history - rail photos - BR's HST -  traction topics - TTC route numbering - Scarboro LRT plans

Newsletter from 1980 onwards

1980
363 Jan  Introductory statement - Obituary Andrew Merrilees -  GO Transit Hamilton - Buffalo Light Rail
364 Feb Bramport Terminal - expansion Union TTC station - Prairie grain transportation - financial aid Montreal transit - Potpourri
365 Mar Scarboro LRT -  CP Rail dieselization  past and present Pt I - CNR Wiarton Sub abandonment -  TH&B loco #71 - Prairie Dog Ctl, TTC, Sault n
366 Apr Future WP&Y - Van LRT - CP Rl dieselization past and present Pt II - TTC pass and sbwy extensions - GO Tst plans - Buffalo LLRT -  B Nickle notes
367 May PDC notes - 20th ann 1960 tripleheader excursion - VIA, UTDC, TTC, Edm, Vanc, Buffalo LRT news - Caledonia, Ont. wye - CP Baldwin diesels
368 Jun Royal Hudson 2857 Farewell - CP Rail dieselization  past and present Pt III - Farewell Cannonball Express (Port Hope 1951) - TTC news
369 Jul Calgary LRT - CN and CP Notes - TTC Russell substation - TTC Boston tests - CTC Notes - B Nickle Notes - mtve pwr notes - BCR notes
370 Aug GTW + DT&I n - MP&E n - CN n - TTC CLRV n - CP car #9002 - VIA E n - Horner Misc - CN owns NAR - Stratford tml - ACR derail - Tor stns
371 Sep GO Milton line - Edmonton and Calgary LRT - National Railway Historical Society Convention Toronto - CN #6060 - VIA railiners
372 Oct W NY HS - VIA Hal -Yar svc - 1201 exc Wakefield - Buffalo LLRT - CTC stn orders - VIA, West Coast n - TTC n incl dem North Yonge tml - Birney Mtl
373 Nov BCR + ETS news - VIA tt - ONR news - CP rebuild program - CN motive power and gouging GO - TTC news and San Francisco cars - Preserv n
374 Dec TTC subway extensions - motive power and equipment news - operating news - CNR #86 - Vancouver trolleys - ARM convention 

1981

375 Jan GO Willowb'k maint depot - CTC Halib'n Sub - Vanc LRT - GTW-DT&I merger - Int'natl Ltd - TTC n - Miscellany (Nickle) - MP n - CN derails SW Ont.
376 Feb Vanc transit - Cantrak - CNR #50560  - Cal and Edm LRT - VIA western trip report - CNR #86 - CTC report - TTC news and roster - MIscBN
377 Mar CP cent - T2000 on VIA svc - CN Palmerston Div - transit news - CN dental car - Golden Age Pt I  - Toronto memories - GO, TTR, TTC n - Misc
378 Apr CN MP - ry news - Golden Age Pt II - Florida rys - CN Forest Sub -  TTC trolleys - MP news -  ORA  tourist ry Meaford Sub - HSR aband - CTC notes
379 May General, roster, and VIA GO THB notes - ON - Nephton branch -  CP Rail change out unit (RCU) - TTC magnetic tickets - TTC n - TH&B farewell
380 Jun TH&B last run - SW Ontario notes -  BC news - "Maple Leaf" train - CN derailment Paris West - Scarboro LRT
381 Jul Scarboro LRT - T2000 Ottawa train proposal - - Sault area news - Kirkfield Mackenzie home - Nfld Ry Centenary - Calgary LRT - VIA n - ON (Nickle)
382 Aug Toronto Suburban Ry - CN Brampton Intermodal tml - CPR Toronto West stn - TTC news - GO equpt notes - VIA notes - Operating notes (Nickle)
383 Sep Pepin VIA cuts - Ont task force rail policy - Edmonton LRT - VIA LRCs - TTC news - trolleys Mississauga? - Toronto next LRT? - Nfld Ry first lines
384 Oct  more on VIA cuts - motive power news - trip on the ONR - TTC vibration issue - TTC news - E&N non-timetable stops
385 Nov* Atlantic Ltd. - TTC Witt 2894 - CN and Southern Ont. motive power notes -UTDC - CP stations doomed - TTC VIA CN notes 
386 Dec  CPR Rogers Pass - motive power news - Portland OR Tri-met - Edmonton trolley news -  VIA timetables - GO Milton line - TTC news
*Courtesy John D. Thompson

1982

387 Jan GO Milton - CP Mtl comm svce - Hamilton ICTS - car ferry SS Chief Wawatam - News: CN, VIA, Motive pwr, transit, Beach Sub - Tor amuse rlys  
388 Feb Buffalo LRT - mixed train travel - VIA Super Cont. - CN, VIA, TTC , CTC notes - CP Mtl commuter - CP communication centre - MiscBN
389 Mar Nfld cent'l train - ONR vans - GO n - Buffalo nostalgia NYC THB IRC - Operating Notes - VIA derail - transit notes - E M Frimbo
390 Apr North Vancouver transit - future of VIA - CN CP Conrail news - Vancouver ALRT - TTC news - Pittsburg Shawmutt & N - Edmonton transit - VIA news
391 May* NAR history - ONR VIA notes - trip reports Europe, SEPTA, Florida -  CN VIA SW Ontario notes - SE Mich Transit Auth - Edmonton transit
392 Jun* Vancouver trolleys - CN Terra Tpt - CP GTW GO TTC THB news/notes  - RTC decis'ns - NFTA - VIA NS Budd svce, trip ON MB QC - CP rail safety 
393 Jul Pepin cuts again - Calgary LRT - VIA timetable - CP diesel shop Wpg - TTC Rapid transit study - CN and GO news -  word from Amtrak
394 Aug* Edmonton, Calgary Transit - lost CNR Mogul #417 - Southern Ont power - TTC VIA notes - MI NH tours - Scotian RR Society -  Somerset RR
395 Sep Windsor Essex &LS Ry - ONR news - CN Div boundaries Great lakes - CP and TTC news
396 Oct CP Havelock Sub - VIA > GO Bradford and Stouffville - CP Lethbridge relocation - VIA Edm-Cal - VIA service - Edm and Buffalo LRT - TTC news
396 Oct addendum TTC specifications ALRV
396 Oct addendum TTC specifications CLRV
396 Oct addendum TTC specifications PCC
396 Oct addendum TTC specifications SUBWAY CAR M & H
396 Oct addendum TTC specifications TROLLEY COACH
396 Oct addendum TTC specifications WITT
397 Nov TTC: transfers, CLRV rpt, trolley plan update - GO ALRT interurbans - GM-DD loco orders - CN n - Mtl commuters - Prairie Peanut - Niag Falls tst
398 Dec VIA International - VIA timetable - CP CN VIA notes - TTC news and notes - Tijuana trip - Expo Express - P Franche on VIA - GTW news
*Courtesy John D. Thompson

1983

399 Jan West Toronto CPR - CP motive power - CP CN VIA notes - TTC notes and subway plans - the Canadian - the Lackawanna Ltd.
400 Feb Automated Vancouver LRT - discont. and abandon. - CPR train dynamic analyser - trolley coaches - Manitoba mixeds -  W Ont, Bufflo, TTC notes
401 Mar CP 1983 capital program - CN motive power - motive power notes - BCR elec. - Newfoundland notes - TTC items
402 Apr** Prairie Dog Ctl - Rail Heritage West - station preservation - CN motive power - San Diego USA - SNCF TGV  - UTDC Conrail VIA notes
403 May ONR freight - trolley future - TTC notes - CP hot box detects - Wpg tst and trolleys - E&N, GO n - MP notes - Buff LRT - CN aband - CP Crow rate
404 Jun 40 yrs fan trips - N, St.C.&T Ry - Niagara rapid transit? - trips Springfield IL, Churchill, New York State - TTC news - motive pwr - CN rail changeout 
405 Jul TTC new cars - CP West Toronto PS - VIA timetables - TTC notes - Central Ontario Rail - Quebec notes - Webbwood CP demolished - Short Hauls
406 Aug LRT-ALRT ROUNDUP Alberta LRTs - Buffalo NFTA - UTDC - Dallas - SEMPTA - CP trailer trains - Conrail - Nfld - Motive Power notes - Short Hauls
407 Sep* CP dangerous commod - Tpt 2000 aband ROWs -  GO news - VIA reorg - CTC decisions - motive power news - CN Meaford aband - RR prayer
408 Oct "in the drink" 100+ years Blairton -  NE corridor and Florida - trolley coach corner - 1958 NRHS Toronto convention  - misc notes
409 Nov E&N dayliner - TTC news - CNE transit & water front - SPV cars > Springfield -  CN-CP and CASO - motive pwr - VIA - TO rail safety - Short Hauls
410 Dec 100 yrs Niagara cantilever bridge - GO notes - Somerset RR - Switzerland rys - motive power notes - VIA timetable - Short Hauls
*Courtesy John D. Thompson - ** pages 11-12 missing

1984

411 Jan John St. Tor museum prop.- SEMTA commuter svce ends - motive pwr notes - VIA, transit, GO news - stations update - Tor radial tales - Short Hauls
412 Feb GO news - VIA updates - trip reports (Agawa, Charleston SC, Amtrak) - Baltimore metro - TTC notes
413 Mar 30 yrs Yonge subway TTC - motive power notes - ORA incorporates and Meaford Sub - trip around USA - NS&T last run revisited - TTC news 
414 Apr Vienna Austria - CP runaway at Medicine Hat - Vancouver Brill cars - TTC news - new passnger equip - motive pwr notes - CN BCR VIA CTC notes
415 May 25 years Ottawa transit aband - Nfld update - Ont news - Short Hauls - TTC notes - Motive power news - Eurailpass - Montreal news
416 Jun CP Rail progress - future of VIA - 60 yrs Hillcrest shops TTC - TTC notes - motive power news - Short Hauls - OERHA 30th anniversary
417 Jul VIA tt - pass rl - Calgary LRT - Salem & Hillsb' RR - MidWest El Ry Assoc - mtve pwr notes - trip VIa/Amtrak - CN notes/aband - Salamanca Ry Mus
418 Aug CSR at CTC - Scarboro RT - VIA timekeep - Chessie and PM Canada - notes Mtl, Vt, Conrail - mtve pwr n - CTC re Med' Hat acc - NFTA n TTC n 
419 Sep Mtl CTCUM transit - VIA stn Calgary - Mtl end streetcars 1959 - Short Hauls - WP&Y n - CASO hear - motive pwr n - Port Stanley Tml Rl news 
420 Oct H&LB Ry - Mtl sbwy - no vans - Wstn NY Ry HS - CN CTC Beeton Sub - Vanc Ham trolleys, Ottawa, ONR, mtve pwr, VIA, CP n - Coal t Austria - SH
421 Nov* Nfld report - VIA n - Calgary LRT - station notes - TTC news - CN wayfreight/switcher schedules -  motive power and car equpt
422 Dec* Obit: D.W. Knowles - TTC Harbourfront LRT - Dundas Xmas night wreck - Ontario news - TTC news - Ottawa news - Florida trip - MP&E notes 
*pages 17-18 missing

1985

423 Jan* worldwide new railways - Tor-Mtl track pool - Cal LRT - MP&E n - N&W J class 611 - Sudbury rpt - SEMTA - Buff trolley reviv - PSTR - Short Hauls
424 Feb** VIA shake-up - Nfld, TTC, Mtl metro, Conrail, Alaska RR, MP&E n - CN Meaford Sub dec'n - trip Florida - Short Hauls - Gulf Coast Ltd - CP qual ctl
425 Mar* London & Port Stanley Ry - pros and cons of vans - Ottawa n - Misc n - MP&E n - TTC notes and news - HSR n 
426 Apr TTC Scarboro RT - CP Westmount Mtl stn - TTC n - MP&E n - Gatineau V Ry - E&N steam? - trip California - Short Hauls
427 May railways in Europe - VIA svc - CASO decision - Buff NFTA - MP&E n - Short Hauls - Central Western ry - TTC n - THB aband application
428 Jun GO tst history and POP - TTC sbwy report and n - CASO update - n around E Twps - wheel squeal - trip Int'n't'l - Cal, Buff, Boston LRT - MP&E n 
429 Jul PSTR and Meaford update - Mtl comm - Niag-Det ry - TTC n - CN Wpg n - MP&E n - Miscellany - CPR #374 Vanc - SNCF report
430 Aug Chunnel - Amtrak Mtl link - SW Ont notes - Detroit transit - GO, TTC n - MP&E n - VIA tt - Calgary LRT 
431 Sep Case for shortlines - Tor downtown yds - Agin hump noise - CN, CP, Ott, BC tst, Cal n - John St. r'house - Fla trip - MP&E n - TTC & Scar RT n - SH
432 Oct CP on dangerous commodities - Ottawa n - Pboro n - Florida trip Pt II - MP&E notes - Miscellaneous
433 Nov Spadina r'house f'well - CP last spike - Cal-Edm last run - Miscellany - Detroit LRT - TTC n - MP&E n - Buff n - Halton Rad n - 1201 Calgary - VIA n
434 Dec Cal LRT - BC tst - CP rail speeds - Palais stn - Spadina LRT, TTC n - Miscellany - Ottawa n - MP&E n - Windsor, Pboro n - SH - Buff-Pitts tst - VIA n
*pages 17-18 missing  ** Pages 23-24 missing

1986

435 Jan
436 Feb
437 Mar
438 Apr
439 May
440 Jun
441 Jul
442 Aug
443 Sep
444 Oct
445 Nov
446 Dec

1987

447 Jan
448 Feb
449 Mar
450 Apr
451 May
452 Jun
453 Jul
454 Aug
455 Sep
456 Oct
457 Nov
458 Dec

1988

459 Jan
460 Feb
461 Mar
462 Apr
463 May
464 Jun
465 Jul
466 Aug
467 Sep
468 Oct
469 Nov
470 Dec

1989

471 Jan
472 Feb
473 Mar
474 Apr
475 May
476 Jun
477 Jul
478 Aug
479 Sep
480 Oct
481 Nov
482 Dec

1990

483 Jan
484 Feb
485 Mar
486 Apr
487 May
488 Jun
489 Jul
490 Aug
491 Sep
492 Oct
493 Nov
494 Dec

1991

495 Jan
496 Feb
497 Mar
498 Apr
499 May
500 Jun
501 Jul
502 Aug
503 Sep
504 Oct
505 Nov
506 Dec

1992

507 Jan
508 Feb
509 Mar
510 Apr
511 May
512 Jun
513 Jul
514 Aug

RAIL & TRANSIT 1992

515 Sep
516 Oct
517 Nov-Dec

1993

518 Jan
519 Feb
520 Mar
521 Apr
522 May
523 Jun
524 Jul
525 Aug
526 Sep
527 Oct
528 Nov
529 Dec

1994

530 Jan
531 Feb-Mar
532 Apr
533 May
534 Jun
535 Jul
536 Aug
537 Sep
538 Oct
539 Nov
540 Dec

1995

541 Jan
542 Feb
543 Mar-Apr
544 May
545Jun
546 Jul
547 Aug
548 Sep
549 Oct
550 Nov
551 Dec

1996

552 Jan-Feb
553 Mar
554 Apr
555 May-Jun
556 Jul
557 Aug
558 Sep-Oct
559 Nov-Dec

1997

560 Jan
561 Feb
562 Mar
563 Apr
564 May
565 Jun-Jul
566 Aug
567 Sep-Oct

1997-1998

568 "Winter-Spring"
569 Jul
570 Aug 

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